Matilda Joslyn Gage (March 24, 1826 – March 18, 1898) was a 19th-century women's suffragist a Native American rights activist, an abolitionist, a  freethinker and a prolific author, who was "born with a hatred of oppression."

One of the most radical, far-sighted and articulate early feminists, Matilda Joslyn Gage was deliberately written out of history after her death in 1898 by an increasingly conservative suffrage movement.  Equal in importance to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gage is all but unknown today.  Work is under way to correct that through the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.


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The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation was founded in 2000 when Sally Roesch Wagner, the leading authority on Gage, brought together a nationwide network of diverse people with a common goal: to bring this vitally important suffragist back to her rightful place in history.

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is dedicated to celebrating and promoting Gage’s legacy and the continuing significance of her life, her thought, her writings and her inspiration for the present and the future.

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The Gage home is one of Our Nation’s Most Important Historic Sites. The museum has rooms dedicated to the social justice work of Matilda Joslyn Gage:

  • Women's Rights; Native Americans Justice; Religious Freedom; Underground Railroad and Local History There is also an "Oz room" which is dedicated to the Gage family and a research library and gift shop.

The Gage Center is also an educational resource for discussion and dialogue about the human rights issues to which she dedicated her life.

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The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is dedicated to educating current and future generations about Gage’s work and its power to drive contemporary social change.

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Monday – Friday 9:30-2:30

Monday night - 4:00pm -8:00pm

Saturday: Open the first and last Saturday of every month, 

10:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED

*We strongly encourage that visitors arrive no later than 2:00 pm.

The historic Gage Home is located at 210 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY 13066. 

 It is on the corner of East Genesee Street (NYS Route 5) and Walnut Street.  It is a white, two-story, Greek Revival with four white pillars. There is a blue and yellow state historical marker on the corner.

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Would you like to make a difference?

If so, please consider volunteering at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center! Your passion for social justice and enthusiasm for history will both find outlets at our unique, award-winning museum.

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is a is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity honoring Gage through educational and interpretive exhibits, activities and events. The museum allows visitors to see first-hand, how one's aspirations can be attained through dedication, courage, and foresight.

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